STATISTICS, ARTICLES, REPORTS, AND MORE
THESE STATISTICS AND FACTS SHOW WHY WE NEED GLOBAL FEMINISM MORE THAN EVER
- Women are disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation, with more than half (50.4%) of working women in vulnerable employment.
- Globally women are paid less than men. Women in most countries earn on average only 60-75% of men’s wages.
- Men own and manage just under 70% of all businesses and women sit on only 19% of board seats globally.
- Two thirds of the 780 million people in the world who cannot read are women.
- In Africa, 28 million girls are not in education and will never step inside a classroom.
- At least one in three women around the world have been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in their lifetime.
- It is estimated that, worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.
- Approximately 15 million adolescent girls worldwide have experienced forced sex at some point in their life.
- 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime.
- 71% of human trafficking victims are women and girls.
- Globally, it is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. In most of these countries, the majority of girls were cut before the age of 5. In some countries, this happens to up to 98% of girls.
- Violence against women during or after armed conflicts has been reported in every international or non-international war-zone.
- Every day, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
- It is estimated that there are 650 million women and girls in the world today who were married before age 18. Across the world 39,000 girls become child brides every day.
- 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries, with women dying of pregnancy-related causes at the rate of one a minute.
If we are serious about protecting human rights
and promoting sustainable development then workers cannot continue to be paid wages that do nothing more than sustain poverty. Renumeration must be sufficient to ensure a basic decent life and allow for the prospect of change.